UK Brexit plan ‘could fall apart at first tap like chocolate orange’

UK Brexit plan ‘could fall apart at first tap like chocolate orange’

Image copyright Asda The government’s “vague” Brexit plan has been compared to a “chocolate orange” by the boss of the UK’s public spending watchdog. Sir Amyas Morse said ministers had to be more “united” or the project would fall apart “at the first tap” like the segments of the chocolate treat. “It needs to be […]

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn to meet EU negotiator Michel Barnier

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn to meet EU negotiator Michel Barnier

Image copyright AFP/Getty Jeremy Corbyn will set out Labour’s vision for Brexit when he meets the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels. Mr Corbyn will tell Michel Barnier he is “ready to take up the responsibility for Brexit negotiations” if there is a change in government. Mr Barnier will also hold separate meetings with the first […]

Nicky Morgan to lead Treasury committee

Nicky Morgan to lead Treasury committee

Image copyright PA Former education secretary Nicky Morgan has been elected as chairwoman of the influential Treasury select committee. Ms Morgan saw off five other Tory MPs to land the coveted role scrutinising the government’s finances. Other committee election results, which were announced by Speaker John Bercow, include Tom Tugendhat ousting fellow Tory Crispin Blunt […]

MPs speak out about ‘sinister’ election abuse

MPs speak out about ‘sinister’ election abuse

Media captionMP ‘astonished’ by scale of abuse MPs have spoken about the abuse and intimidation they were subjected to during the general election. Conservative Simon Hart said colleagues were targeted for their sexuality, religious beliefs and social background by people who were intent on “driving them out of politics altogether”. Labour’s Diane Abbott said she […]

Sexism going ‘unchallenged’ in local councils claims report

Sexism going ‘unchallenged’ in local councils claims report

Image copyright PA Image caption Only 4% of English councils have formal maternity or paternity leave policies Sexism and discrimination is widespread in local government and often goes “unchallenged”, a new report claims. Councils in England and Wales were said to be male dominated, with women and ethnic minorities under-represented. The Fawcett Society and Local […]

Brexit: EU negotiator Barnier firm on citizens’ rights

Brexit: EU negotiator Barnier firm on citizens’ rights

Media captionMr Barnier said the UK’s financial obligations were not a “ransom” The EU’s top Brexit negotiator has said there are still major differences between the EU and UK on the rights of EU citizens living in Britain. “The British position does not allow those persons concerned to continue to live their lives as they […]

Brexit: Green and Thornberry Prime Minister’s Questions clash

Brexit: Green and Thornberry Prime Minister’s Questions clash

The risk of the UK leaving the EU without any kind of deal is “probably overstated”, Damian Green has claimed as he deputised for Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions. The first secretary of state said both sides wanted a successful outcome. But Labour’s Emily Thornberry said the Tories were “in a mess” over Brexit […]

Brexit: Euratom legal advice should be published, say MPs

Brexit: Euratom legal advice should be published, say MPs

Image copyright PA The government should publish legal advice regarding its decision to leave the European nuclear regulator Euratom, former minister Ed Vaizey has said. He told MPs the UK was proposing to leave the body “on a technicality” when it was actually distinct from the EU. Urging a rethink during a Parliamentary debate, colleague […]

Parties trade blows ahead of debate on election abuse

Parties trade blows ahead of debate on election abuse

The scale of intimidation and abuse suffered by candidates during the general election campaign is to be exposed by MPs in a debate later. The Tories and Labour have accused each other of not doing enough to stop it. Tory MP Simon Hart blames Jeremy Corbyn support group Momentum for giving “implicit consent” to attacks. […]

Labour: Tory general election campaign ‘negative and nasty’

Labour: Tory general election campaign ‘negative and nasty’

Labour has accused the Conservatives of putting “vitriolic personal attacks” at the heart of their election campaign. Ahead of a Westminster debate on the abuse faced by MPs, Labour claimed the Tories had run a “negative, nasty campaign” targeting shadow home secretary Diane Abbott in particular. It comes after Theresa May suggested Labour leader Jeremy […]